Freep columnist Dan Lett's column (see previous post on this page) is referencing this article:
Penrose said she hoped her speaking publicly would bring "some sense of urgency" to decision makers.
"It isn’t a debate whether we have youth and young adults in our province who are addicted to methamphetamines. It’s not about that. We need to start talking to the youth and young adults about, ‘What do you need?’" she said.
The province introduced plans for five rapid access to addictions medicine clinics in May, but the drop-in facilities are for adults only. Penrose said there is currently nowhere for youth needing addictions treatment to turn.
She said there has been a "skyrocketing" number of meth-related overdoses, and noted the number of meth-related deaths in Manitoba doubled in the last year alone.
The Manitoba children's advocate is encountering an increasing number of youth with methamphetamine addictions, and feels the province is lagging to provide treatment while "stuck in an ideological de...
Today's Winnipeg Free Press includes a strongly worded column by Dan Lett on the meth crisis. Here's an excerpt:
It was clear from the language used in her news release and subsequent interviews that Children’s Advocate Daphne Penrose was concerned.
Last Friday, as politicians and the journalists that follow their every move already had one eye on the weekend, Penrose sounded an alarm about the Progressive Conservative government’s failure to provide adequate and effective treatment for youth with methamphetamine addictions, and their inability to embrace all possible harm-reduction options on what appear to be ideological grounds.
"We have to set aside our own comfort levels as adults and service providers and listen to the voices of young people," Penrose wrote. "They don’t want to be dying from their addictions — they want our help."
The statement was prompted by a meeting Penrose said she had recently with the deputy ministers from the provincial Health and Families departments to see what measures were being taken to address the problem of youth meth addiction. Penrose said neither department had any concrete plans, despite the fact the province released a blueprint for the overhaul of mental-health and addiction treatment — the so-called Virgo report — more than four months earlier.
The province did open five Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) clinics in May, but those facilities only treat adults, a situation that drew a sharp rebuke from Penrose, who believes more beds and treatment options need to be created specifically for children and youth.
However, she said the PC government seems "stuck in an ideological debate" that has prevented it from considering any and all options for treating addicted youth, such as supervised injection sites.
IT was clear from the language used in her news release and subsequent interviews that Children’s Advocate Daphne Penrose was concerned.Last Friday, as politicians and the journalists that follow th...